Did I ever tell you why I became an Internet marketer? I know I told you the story on how I came to be online, but I don’t believe I told you why I made the decision to participate in affiliate marketing.
After yesterday’s event with a company telling me I wouldn’t get my commissions paid as promised, I was totally disgusted with Internet marketing and immediately posted on Facebook that I was this close (–) to quitting.
Here’s what I typed:
Ever have the urge to quit Internet marketing? I’ve had several of those feelings over the last few years, but today I’ve had enough.
I’m this close (–) to throwing in the towel.
Not because I am not making money. I am.
Not because I am not helping people. I am.
No because I don’t enjoy what I do. I do.
But… when you rely on OTHER companies to pay you the affiliate commissions they owe you and then they change their affiliate terms just so they DO NOT have to pay you – it rocks my world.
I’ve had enough!
Facebook fans rallied around my post and shared their compassion while one Texas girl pulled out her big boots and quickly kicked my ass for thinking such gloomy thoughts.
Before I get too far off the beaten path, let me back up a little to share a story.
What I Did Before Internet Marketing
Before the Internet, I worked as a print broker for offline businesses and simultaneously ran a computer network with over 500 nodes (PC connections) that stretched across the globe.
My day job as a print broker involved creating advertisements for clients, assist them in securing high-end, affordable printing and delivering marketing assistance by telephone or in person. This job put food on the table and paid my bills. The computer network was simply a hobby.
I loved my work as a print broker until I had the displeasure of trusting a commercial printer who didn’t care if he met the assigned due date for delivery on my customer jobs.
This interfered with my ability to provide a great service to my customers, keep my word and deliver their paid products on time! After years in the business, I was tired of someone else tarnishing my reputation.
I ultimately fired the printer, gave the word to my clients I was getting out of the brokering business and came online with my worldwide network.
I started picking up newsgroup messages and carried them across the world and back again to the Internet, every night like clockwork. It was a great community, but I soon tired of not serving customers in the same capacity as I had before.
I absolutely thrive on helping people!
That’s when I started a static website for women entrepreneurs. Blogs were not available at that time, so I had to learn HTML to create Women Entrepreneurs Online Network (Weon.Com) – a community comprised of small businesses operated by women.
Eventually, I became an Internet marketer as a full time career; but, what does this have to do with the letter I wrote on Facebook?
Fast Forward to Yesterday
Naturally, after reading the email, the first thought that entered my mind was “Oh Lord, here we go again” because of what I experienced in the past with the commercial printer.
I am an affiliate for a company who has recently changed their terms of service, which now means I won’t get the money that I was expecting in two weeks.
I was told I need to make another sale (within three months) to receive payment, which includes the commissions I already accrued! Here we go again, another company who is affecting my ability to like my work!
I was thoroughly disgusted.
With that said, I now realize I gave too much power to this company by throwing up my arms in despair and entertaining the idea to quit Internet marketing.
Thankfully, my Facebook friends have shown me the light! I was paying too much attention on losing commissions when I should have celebrated the fact that I could FIRE this company and take my affiliate marketing elsewhere.
The truth is I adore the online marketing lifestyle! I have a community that assembles around me when the chips are down and applaud when I do something right; but, most of all, I cherish the fact that they are willing to kick me in the ass when I need it too.
I love you guys!
To the company who feels it’s okay to treat your affiliates any way you please, consider this my final say on the matter – You’re Fired!
Why did you become an Internet marketer? Leave a comment below and let me know!
Thanks for reading,
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